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November 23, 2017

This has been the debate here—how to convince elder patriarchs that succession planning will fit with their life and afterlife. When they reach their 70s or 80s, they are preoccupied with facing God, not legacy, and so this region is at risk of losing big businesses.

The Arabian Gulf as we know it did not exist more than 50 years ago, as far as world maps were concerned, and while the region emerged in wealth due to oil and gold, the wealth was concentrated in tribal families.

November 3, 2017

Warren Buffett famously said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it".

Warren Buffett famously said: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”. These days, given the influence of social media and direct consumer feedback, the smallest issue can have widespread consequences for businesses. Not surprisingly, a survey by the Reputation Institute revealed that reputation is a top priority for 65% of business leaders. However, only 16% felt their organisation had the capability to manage their reputation comprehensively.

October 30, 2017

Socially progressive, but with a streak of personal resilience, four generations of Kohlers have built one of America’s oldest and most successful privately-held companies. Margie Goldsmith finds out how the plumbers found success in the pipeline

Socially progressive, but with a streak of personal resilience, four generations of Kohlers have built one of America’s oldest and most successful privately-held companies. Margie Goldsmith finds out how the plumbers found success in the pipeline

August 8, 2017

The root of family-owned advantage comes from many sources, such as a mutual loyalty with employees and a mission that matters. But a big factor is independence from equity markets and therefore intense earnings scrutiny. This allows management for the long term.

February 14, 2017

Research suggests that blended families are on the rise, adding an additional layer of family dynamics to the existing complexities that business families are dealing with. 

Research suggests that blended families are on the rise, adding an additional layer of family dynamics to the existing complexities that business families are dealing with. During the inauguration of the new United States president in Washington DC, the very blended nature of the First Family was hard to miss. But is it really a new phenomenon and how does it influence family conflict?

February 7, 2017

Nobody really knows what the Trump presidency will bring, but one thing is certain: Trump is a very controversial figure who evokes strong emotions on both sides

Two days after Donald Trump shocked the world by being elected as the 45th President of the United States, my wife and I travelled to Argentina for a vacation. Nearly everyone we met asked about the election, mostly saying something like: “What are you crazy Yanquis thinking?” The newspaper headlines in Buenos Aires were extremely unflattering, as they probably were worldwide. Nobody really knows what the Trump presidency will bring, but one thing is certain: Trump is a very controversial figure who evokes strong emotions on both sides.

November 29, 2016

How will I ensure that I am treated fairly? Will I be able to make a difference? How do I avoid getting drawn into family conflicts? These are some of the questions that I get asked time and time again by talented individuals, who are considering joining family businesses as a non-family executive.

How will I ensure that I am treated fairly? Will I be able to make a difference? How do I avoid getting drawn into family conflicts? These are some of the questions that I get asked time and time again by talented individuals, who are considering joining family businesses as a non-family executive.

November 8, 2016

Switzerland is one of the most stable economies in the world.  Analysts say the Swiss economy is set to expand in 2017 and is currently fairly valued. Tanzeel Akhtar reports

Switzerland is one of the most stable economies in the world.  Analysts say the Swiss economy is set to expand in 2017 and is currently fairly valued. Tanzeel Akhtar reports

The country is known for its neutral political stance, growth economy, strong currency, and low unemployment rate. Not forgetting its highly competitive tax regime. Is Switzerland embarking on another boom phase?

October 26, 2016

Why appoint family members as directors when the pool of excellent, qualified, independent executives numbers in the thousands?

Why appoint family members as directors when the pool of excellent, qualified, independent executives numbers in the thousands?

The Fourth of July is a US national carnival unlike any other – celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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